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FAQs

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct medical healthcare profession that places emphasis on disease prevention and self-healing processes through the use of natural therapies.

  • Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
    • Healing Power of Nature: Naturopathic physicians recognize that each individual possesses the innate capacity to heal. As doctors, our job is to recognize and remove the obstacles to cure and support the foundations of health in order to allow the body to restore to a state of optimal wellness.
    • Identify and Treat the Cause: Much of today’s medical practices focus on suppressing symptoms. Naturopathic medicine is focused on going beyond symptoms, and treating the root cause.
    • Doctor as Teacher: We see our role as a guide and partner in your health journey, recognizing the importance of a collaborative effort. Therefore, we are passionate about educating our patients on their health and how to take the daily steps towards to maintain a state of optimal wellness.
    • Treat the Whole Person: As naturopathic physicians, we recognize that all systems are intricately intertwined and in-depth understanding of an individual’s health cannot be fully realized until looking at the WHOLE PERSON. For instance, to understand why an individual may be experiencing a skin rash, we would investigate the health of the gut, liver, and hormones, as well as look into diet, environmental exposures and stress.
    • Prevention: We want to act as a true “health-care”system and keep you feeling well. Our goal is to not only treat disease, but recognize and treat early signs of disease before it fully manifests.

What is your training?

As licensed naturopathic medical physicians (NMDs), we have attended a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and have obtained education in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD). As for treatment, we have been educated on the same standard of care and pharmaceutical drugs; however, we have also been extensively educated on holistic and non-toxic approaches to treatment, including botanical medicine, nutrition and IV nutrient therapy, physical medicine, hydrotherapy and homeopathy.

How does Naturopathic Medicine differ from Homeopathic Medicine?

A naturopathic doctor treats a patient as a whole being – recognizing each patient as an individual. By addressing the root of the problem and designing a custom treatment plan, this allows healing to be restored.

How does a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) differ from a Medical Doctor (MD)? Can you function as my Primary Care Physician (PCP)?

The biggest difference between an NMD and an MD lies in the perspective of health and principles to treatment. Yes, we can function as your PCP; however, we are not set up to accept health insurance outside of lab work.

Can you prescribe drugs (prescription medication)?

Yes. The only drugs that are not within our scope in the State of California are Schedule I-II drugs, which are largely drugs with high abuse potential. Cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug.

Do you offer Botox, Juvederm, Restlyane or Radiesse?

We offer a natural alternative –  ‘Of You’ – derived solely from your own growth factors, that provides similar but more natural looking results. We prefer these methods, as they reduce the risk of unwanted side effects and actually work to increase the health of your skin.

What is the downtime with the ‘Of You’ procedures?

Downtime is minimal. You may experience some bruising, which could prolong your recovery.

How long is an ‘Of You’ procedure appointment?

The length of procedure will depend on your choice of  procedure chosen and your physician. Typical appointments are between 60 and 120 minutes.

Can I receive an ‘Of You’ procedure without being an established patient?

All patients must become established to receive an ‘Of You’ procedure.

Can I get a Custom Growth Factor Cream without being an established patient?

Yes; however, your blood is required to create a personal growth factor cream.

What is  IV nutrient therapy?

IV nutrient therapy provides essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream through an IV. This route provides a more concentrated dose of nutrients than what you’d be able to ingest through dietary means.

How long does an IV nutrient therapy appointment typically last?

They range from as little as 30 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the choice of IV.

Can I receive an IV without being an established patient? Do you take walk-ins?

Yes, we welcome walk-ins.

Why is it better to receive a vitamin injection than to take an oral supplement?

Receiving an injection intramuscularly is faster acting than an oral option. Some individuals suffer from poor absorption and therefore are unable to get the required dose in oral form.

Do you take walk-ins?

Yes, we are happy to have you come in at any time during normal business hours.

Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from being able to receive an injection?

Yes, but not many. Before you receive an injection, you will be screened for any contraindications.

Where is the injection administered?

Injections can be administered in either the upper arm or in the buttock, both are muscular sites.

How long does a vitamin injection last in the body?

Results last up to 7 days.

Do you offer cortisone injections?

No, we do not offer cortisone injections; however, we offer a series of regenerative injections for pain relief that can be used as a natural alternative.

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy, is an alternative treatment that uses injection of an irritant solution into a joint space, ligament or tendon in an effort to relieve pain or address ligament laxity.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

PRP is a regenerative injection therapy that uses the platelet-enriched portion of your blood. The PRP contains several types of growth factors and cytokines that stimulate healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.

What is the difference between the labs you offer and the labs run via my PCP?

We offer specialized testing and a wide variety of advanced lab tests that can target specific screenings.

Will labs be covered by insurance?

Most of our labs will be covered by your insurance; however, this varies from lab to lab and patient to patient. Before any lab is ordered, we will discuss what you can expect with your personal insurance plan.

Can I run a lab test without establishing as a patient?

No, In order to run a lab test at True You Medical, you must be an established patient.

How can nutritional counseling help support me in my journey to optimal health?

Nutrition is a vital element in your overall health. There is some truth to the the phrase “you are what you eat.”

What does the weight loss program entail?

The weight loss program involved weekly weigh-ins and body composition testing as well as meal replacement shakes that provide you with all your necessary nutrients to help curb appetite, boost energy and keep you healthy. In addition you get weekly slim-down shots.

What is the HCG Diet?

HCG is a 4 week, reduced-calorie diet supervised by a physician resulting in rapid weight loss.

Longevity Medicine

Longevity medicine starts from the inside out. Testing the liver function is an essential piece of the puzzle, as it operates as the engine to bodily functions such as toxin elimination.

What labs can I do to “test” my longevity?

Telomere testing is the lab’s most specifically-geared test towards longevity; however, we often recommend other additional labs to screen for other disease processes.

How can you help me stay young?

We can provide recommendations to stay strong by discussing your current lifestyle choices and suggesting what to add and what to eliminate to enhance your ability to stay young.

Can you function as my Primary Care Provider (PCP)?

Yes, however; we are not set up to accept health insurance with the exception of lab work.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, for lab work only. We do not accept insurance for any consults or services provided by the physician.

I do not live in the area. Do you accommodate distance travelers?

Yes, we make our best effort to accommodate patients traveling from outside the area by scheduling their procedure towards the end of the week to allow them to incorporate the weekend as extra recovery days.

Patient Portal:

How do I access the patient portal?

You will be given a temporary login that you must log into no longer than 48 hours after making your initial appointment. It will cue you to create your own password and prompt you to complete the questionnaire.

I forgot to log in within 48 hours of scheduling my first appointment, and the password will no longer work. What do I do now?

Either call the 800 number or call the office so we can reset it for you.

The medical profile questionnaire is very long. Do I have to fill out every section?

Yes, we must have the the questionnaire filled out in its entirety 24 hours before your first appointment. It is helpful to update this before each appointment, as it will better prepare the doctor to make the best use of your time together.

How do I view labs?

Within the Patient Portal, hover over the tab “Tests” and click on the “Test Results” tab to view recent labs that have been released to you by your physician. Your physician will likely not release the labs until you have gone over them together.

How do I view my health plans?

You will be given a copy of your patient plan after your consult. In addition, your plan can always be accessed through your personal patient portal. Your health plan can be found by clicking the link “View Your Health Summary” – which is located in the lower right hand corner within the Health Profile blue box.

How do I contact my doctor?

Your doctor can be reached by phoning the office, email, or message through your patient portal. To send a message or request a refill, please feel free to use the “Quick Links” located in the green box in the top portion of the page.